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Jimmy Hill - one year on

A year on since Coventry City legend Jimmy Hill's death, his widow Bryony talks to Touch FM about his life.

On the 19th December 2015 it was announced that Sky Blues legend Jimmy Hill had lost his battle with Alzheimers at the age of 87.

A year on from his death Jimmy's widow Bryony has spoken to Touch FM to tell us what he was like as a man, as a husband and what he was like when the disease had taken hold of him.

In an emotional interview speaking to Touch FM's David Deakin, Bryony began by telling him what life's been like since Jimmy's passing...



A legacy fund was set up in August adhering to the values Jimmy kept during his time at the club which has now raised more than six thousand pounds, courtesy of various fundraising events, orchestrated by former Sky Blues player David Busst at the Sky Blues in the Community project. You can find out more about the fund here http://www.sbitc.org/fundraising/

Another Coventry legend, Steve Ogrizovic, has paid tribute to the man synonymous with the Sky Blues

As a footballer he played with Brentford and Fulham before moving into management with Coventry City. What happened next was something quite remarkable, as he changed the club and the game forever.

Spending six years at the club's then home Highfield Road, Jimmy took the Sky Blues on a journey to the football league's top tier, where they would stay for 34 years. Jimmy was innovative, creative and full of ideas; match day programs were introduced as well as half time entertainment and of course, the Sky Blue song. Sponsorship deals were fought for and struck and the infrastructure was quickly becoming one of the finest in the land.

Jimmy shocked the world of football by leaving the Sky Blues to take up a television role. After that he introduced three points for a win, and abolished the wage cap restricting footballers from earning good money.

Jimmy played, managed, directed, chaired, broadcast and even officiated football.

There isn't a football fan in the world that doesn't see something on any given matchday that wasn't influenced by or because of Jimmy Hill.

Jimmy Hill 1928-2015

 

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